ODOT contractor crews continue to clear a landslide that covers part of Highway 34 about eight miles east of the town of Alsea. There are delays of up to twenty minutes.
Due to the enormous amount of water that fell from the skies over the past three weeks, that water is now moving its way through the ground, and in spots is literally venting to the outside, weakening cliffs and embankments, causing delayed earth movements that are directly tied to the storms of several weeks earlier. Hence the echo effect. Drivers should always be watchful for signs of earth movement like small rocks or accumulations of dirt on road shoulders in road cut areas along with distortions in the road surface. Such observances should be reported to ODOT as soon as possible.